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Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Imperial StoutFounders Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 5,925
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 546
Gots: 1,432 | FT: 123
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
90 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2005)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

carlitos92, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Spinozopterus, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I held back from picking this up initially. I can already see that this was a mistake. Dark as sin and thick as motor oil... I thought I was going to have to thwack the bottom of the bottle just to get all of it out, ala ketchup or molasses. Minimal deep brown head fades to leave nothing but a cylindrical obelisk. This beer teaches monkeys to use tools and visits astronauts in their bedrooms. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

You may have gathered that this beer looks like I love my beer to look. Unfortunately, the aroma is coming up a bit short. It's not that it's unpleasant, it's just... lacking. Absent. Not as pungent as I hoped. What IS there, is enticing: this thing SMELLS thick. I love it. Dark roasty malts, smoothe chocolate, a hint of coffee, maybe some vanilla...

YUP. Follow through on the promise and then some. Sweet to start, as chocolate notes dominate the front. Both creamy milk chocolate and the stiffer dryer bakers cocoa come forward, with the thickfreakness of chewy fudge. Coffee again provides flavour and a bit of bitterness, some roast, almost a touch smokey, but like a well vented fireplace, not like a bonfire or smokehouse. Damn, this beer is amazing. It is a thick bodied, chewy delight which hides it's 10.5% expertly. The finish couples the coffee bitterness with a dry bitter aftertaste that almost veers into smoothed out pith. What won't they think of next?

To think I almost passed this bad boy up. This is phenomenal. I cannot be effusive enough in my praise. Seriously good work there, Founders.

kemoarps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Sudsday, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

budsandsuds8, Mar 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Halluxone, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

allisonmichelle, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of IronLover
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oily black in color with a thick viscous appearance. Poured with a thick, short espresso-like foam that quickly reduced to creamy, wispy cap. Rich dark chocolate and earthy, grainy, roasted malt aromas with a touch of dark fruit, wet tobacco, bitter coffee and boozy overtones. Full bodied with slick, oily feel up front and tangy hop bite toward the end. Dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front followed by slowly emerging pine and citrus hop bitterness through the middle. A brief note of sweet dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate followed once again  by intensifying hop bitterness. Finished with a lingering charred malt and pine hop bitterness. Incredible complexity in aroma and taste.

IronLover, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cody4prez, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

m_p_snyder, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Meyers1023, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

DerekQXQX, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

TooGood, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Hopscotchale, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of hops202
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Stone Snifter.

Initial appearence looks great. Nice thick chocolate moch head. Aroma has roast, espresso, booziness, cocoa, dark-bitter chocolate. Taste is very complex with dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, with a dry and burnt bitter ending - as to be expected at 90 IBU. Quite unique and definitely one of the best RIS out there.

hops202, Mar 14, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Seabass1964, Mar 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was given to me by alexanf: thanks! I owe you!!

Inky black body with a thick, dense, creamy mocha-colored head. Rich cocoa, chocolate and tobacco aromas. Baker's chocolate and gently charred grain flavors; semi-sweet and heavily bitter tasting; mild booziness. Heavy bodied; smooth and velvety.

Dark lusciousness in a glass! You can taste the blackness and it is good!! Yes, indeed, there is plenty of depth and complexity to be found in a glass of this RIS. It's not overly sweet and emphasizes the roasted grains and hop bittering while tastefully blending the alcohol heat and slight astringency into the overall taste profile. Deep and inviting, and well-worth looking into.

beergoot, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

PhilMiller, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

WKyle, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of choicegrinds
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz into pint glass
Jet black (are jets black?) Looks like burned motor oil. Viscous as well. Awesome dark 2 finger half cooked pancake head. Smells great, like dark chocolate cherry. In taste the aromas are also represented with coffee and a nice earthiness. Definitely a thick, sturdy stout. Not a session beer at 10.5 but if youre like me and only have one or two and make them count..cant lose with this one

choicegrinds, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

letshaveanother, Mar 14, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a jet black body with a head that looks like chocolate mousse. I get a lot of chocolate in the aroma, along with citrus hops. Taste is rather sweet, and full of your typical stout flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasty bitterness. Aftertaste of resinous hops and ash. Booze heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and gives a tingling carbonation. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout, but it doesn't do very much to wow.

goochpunch, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

timeo, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mrchrisray, Mar 14, 2014
Founders Imperial Stout from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,925 ratings.